Kristen Ford

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Kristen Ford is a singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN. Her live looping show layers beatboxing, harmonies, guitar, and drums and has wowed audiences from Boston to Berlin, rawkus Pride Festivals to pin-drop listening rooms.

“Elevates Indie Rock” -Boston Herald

“Pure Rock N Roll screaming with childish joy” -The Deli

A little whimsical, clearly influenced by songwriting greats without losing her unique character, and offbeat enough to always have a bit of an edge.” – Worcester Telegram

Adaptability was learned by “kfo” early on, living in 6 states by her 18th birthday. At 15 she started writing her own songs, learning girls can play it all from sound engineer to drums, bass, and lead guitar under the leadership of June Millington (Fanny). After juggling jobs and logging over 100 shows a year since 2008, in 2014 she finally put in her notice to tour full-time. Living out of a van and sleeping at countless Walmart lots, “The Neverending Tour” led to shows across every major city in the continental USA, and tours in Europe and South America, sharing the stage with such acts as Betty Who, Billy Gilman, Troye Sivan and Melissa Ferrick. 2021 marks 5 years since calling Nashville home. Ford has received airplay on Lightning 100 and played shows at The Bluebird Cafe, Exit/In, Basement East and Marathon Music Works. She currently plays with the looping acoustic guitar and cello duo “Evrgrn” and is a writer for SESAC.

After years of relentless touring and over 1500 shows, March 2020 brought an abrupt end to the party. That summer she recorded “No Plans EP” produced by Rachael Moore (Robert Plant, Allison Kraus, Martina McBride). Invited to create songs for the derby horror film “Valentine Crush”. Speaking lines, skating stunts and doing two music videos for the film, Ford decided becoming an actor was her next big adventure. She has since provided music for film and tv soundtracks and frequents Atlanta for screen roles. Her 5th full-length record “War in the Living Room” was produced by her mentor June Millington and Brett Bullion (Now, Now, Lizzo) and made possible by a $20,000 crowdfunding campaign. Her first LP pressed to vinyl, it was released on 11/11/21 and has received airplay on WNXP, Lightning 100, been critics pic of the week (indie shark) single “Broke Stoned & 23” premiered on

“Acoustically brooding one moment, explosive and epic the next” — Ft Stockton Pioneer

“In the best possible way a genre train wreck, mixing the styles of reggae, indie, folk and disco into a frenetic musical fold. Pretend that Ani Difranco and Bob Marley had a child that goes bar hopping with Isaac Brock and you’ll have a pretty good idea of Ford’s sonic journeys” – City Pages

“The frenetic riffs mashed up against the voice of a new generation, Kristen Ford sets the stage for a space-age modern rock sound in the crushing “Grey Sky Blue”. The Nashville-based singer/songwriter is a whirlwind of blasting, distorted guitar and a candy-laced pop vocal.” – Indie Shark